This is my new motto – “Take breaks, so you don’t quit.”
I love this motto as I’m one to feel overwhelmed due to how many things I need and want to finish!
I use to believe there was no time for breaks. There is only time to keep going.
I mean, we’re all familiar with hearing “work harder, don’t quit”, “sleep when you’re dead” and other sayings that can make us believe we are somehow weak or lazy if we slow down.
But the truth is, we can’t always keep going.
I know when I kept going, I became exhausted. As a result, I lost my motivation. When I lost my motivation, I stopped producing quality work (if any at all).
Can you relate working relentlessly to only find yourself quitting because you’re tired and overwhelmed?
Maybe you gave up on passing a certain class? Maybe getting accepted to your dream university? Maybe you gave up trying to start your blog or YouTube channel? Maybe you gave up on finding your ideal job?
It’s rough. In fact, it’s sad.
We could be on the cusp of doing or finishing something great, but we lost our motivation by pushing ourselves too hard.
But the good news is we can find our motivation again by taking breaks.
We need to believe we can and should take breaks in order to keep creating and getting closer to our goals.
But you might be wondering, “What kind of breaks are you talking about?”
Does cracking open a beer, going on a vacation, sleeping in one morning – count?
I define a break as a period to be in order to re-connect with your soul and purpose.
A break is really a form of self-care. Self-care is never one size fits all.
Let me give you some examples.When I’m working on a project that will take months to finish, I focus on a daily routine. For me, I plan around 6:00 pm to get home eat and usually listen to a podcast, watch a
When I’m working on a project that will take months to finish, I focus on a daily routine. For me, I plan around 6:00 pm to eat and usually listen to a podcast, watch a vlog or just be online for fun.
It might sound completely silly that I make time for this, but when I’m focusing on an extended project – it’s hard for me to unwind. I’ve found planning around the same time each day to relax is crucial.
When I’m working on a project that will only take days (or that I’m down to the wire with), I don’t focus on a daily routine – but find a break that will allow me to clear my head that day. For example, when I was studying for final exams in college, and in the library for hours, I would simply just take a 20-minute nap.
You now might be wondering, “How long do I take a break for?” – (especially if you have a hard time getting back to work).
Sometimes it’s extended amount of days, maybe it’s a couple hours or 15 minutes in a day. It what’s best for you and your schedule.
If you’re going to take a break for hours knowing your paper is due in hours, and you have much to write, probably not the best idea. But if you take a break for 15 minutes – now that’s a better idea.
If it’s difficult for you to get back to work, I’d suggest asking yourself: “Why am I doing this?”, “What are the benefits/positive outcomes of finishing my goal?”, “Is there someone I need help from to continue?” or “Is there something I need to continue?”.
You also now might be asking, “What if I really want to quit what I’m doing”?
If you’re discovering that you don’t find joy in your idea, project or goal – then why the heck are you doing it?
Be real honest with yourself.
Are you taking a class or pursuing a major just to make your parents proud? Do you really find filming videos more work than pleasure? Do you really find your job just too miserable to continue it? Or learning that one thing is just not that interesting to you?
Nothing is wrong with you if you want to stop doing something.
Finding you’re not loving or cut out to do something is a HUGE win! Instead of bouncing the idea around in your head – you did it. You gave it a try.
But that’s key, make sure you gave it your greatest effort. I test myself if I really gave it a solid effort, based on my attitude. So, I suggest asking yourself: “Did I go into it with a positive and energized mind?” Or “Did I go into it being moody and tired – already over the project/assignment before I even started?”.
Also, make sure you have an alternative plan. I’m really talking to those who want to have a new major, quit their job or other big life decisions. You don’t want to be irrational with these decisions, but find how you can quit with little to no consequences. So, I also suggest asking yourself: “What will I want to do instead?”, “How quickly could I do what I want?”, “Who do I need to talk to, to help me?”, “What resources do I need in order to make my decision final?”.
No matter what you want to quit – know you can always discover and try something new! It’s damn frustrating to try again and hope it works. I know this. I’m one to have many goals and aspirations in life and pursue them – to only realize it’s not for me.
I’ve learned to be proud of what I tried rather than being disappointed.
What are you working on right now? How are you taking a break? Share below!
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